Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Some throwback-Mustang styling
  • Massive 15.5-inch portrait screen
  • More expensive feel than other Fords

The Mustang's traditional dual-cowl dashboard is reduced to the barest of lines, allowing the large 15.5-inch touchscreen with Ford's latest Sync infotainment to dominate the cabin, including the discrete, sound-bar like installation of B&O audio above the airvents.

Sync's upgrades include cloud-based driver assistance, such as learning routines and routes, mapping out the best chargepoints for you and Car-to-X communication for smart traffic updates. Simplifying the interface, there's a conversational voice recognition system made possible by more than doubling the processing power.

The screen is very large and stands out thanks to its portrait orientate. It also houses most, if not all, of the main controls – you still get physical buttons for the lights, handbrake, hazards and drive selector dial.

We didn’t think it was completely intuitive in its layout, so you’ll spend a bit of time hunting around for the setting you want before you learn the location of things, but it’s bright and easy to read with big buttons.

In contrast the dial screen is letterbox shaped and shows just the information you need. The wheel itself is also pleasingly sparse, with just a cluster of buttons for the cruise control on one side and media toggles on the other, although it does feel quite large to hold.

Despite some controls feeling a bit throwback, overall the cabin feels like one from a more expensive car. We particularly liked the tweed material on the dash and silver trim, which help break up the dashboard’s expanse.

An optional full-length panoramic glass roof makes the most of the minimalist dashboard and spacious rear seats, while providing improved solar insulation and sound suppression than in previous Fords.

Comfort

  • Firm low-speed ride
  • Big comfy seats
  • Quiet cabin on the move

Ford says the Mach-E has been given a specific chassis tune for European roads and while this has resulted in a sharper handling SUV than many of its rivals, it’s fair to say the trade-off is the ride comfort.

It’s not an uncomfortable car by any stretch, but you’ll notice lumps and bumps on the road being translated into the driver’s seat. This is worse at low speed – when you pick up the pace a bit the suspension feels like it smooths things over more effectively. At motorway speeds the car is calm and composed.

The biggest advantage this car has (as with all electric cars) is the quiet serenity of the cabin. In Whisper mode there’s a slight whine from the drivetrain but otherwise it's a calm and relaxing environment.

We thought the seats would have a bit more bolstering considering the sporty nature of this model, but they're reasonably flat. This isn't a huge issue as the trade-off is armchair-like comfort - a more useful feature for longer journeys.

It feels like an SUV, with a very upright driving position. The high bonnet line rising above the lower limit of the screen does give an illusion of sitting low down in the bodywork like a coupe, though.